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    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    Calvin replied to a thread Pass XA200.8 Review in Pass Labs 
    Pass Labs continue to be my favorite amp. I wish I could have a XA200 but from what I understand it would be a might hot to run in my current setup / space. IMO, Pass Labs is GREAT!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 AM
    Mike started a thread Pass XA200.8 Review in Pass Labs 
    Pass Laboratories XA200.8 pure Class A monoblock amplifiers Review, Part 3 - Conclusion - Dagogo
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 12, 2020, 11:48 PM
    $6k for a switch? wow. Best switch? No switch! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 12, 2020, 12:11 PM
    It’s under settings, edit signature. Must be on browser. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 12, 2020, 12:10 PM
    Not surprised. What about the AQVox SE? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 11, 2020, 05:25 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    The K-03XD has been running all week. It was “yo-yo’ing” a bit a couple of days ago, but has really settled down now and it’s sound signature is shining through. I’ve experimented more with the filters as well. The DSD has a softer, mellower...
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    July 11, 2020, 04:25 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    Very good to read!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 11, 2020, 10:44 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    I would take anything Waldrip says with a grain of salt. As for HDMI, I don’t really care too much. Although, I did buy AQ diamond HDMI’s for my HT. I figured, I’ve spent this much, why stop now? What made a bigger difference for the video was...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 11, 2020, 10:01 AM
    I like the way you think!
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    July 11, 2020, 09:47 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Cable opinions? in AudioQuest
    Say what? I haven’t heard anything about this. Did it come from the guy over at audioholics? He has an ongoing beef with AudioQuest I just don’t understand.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 11, 2020, 09:42 AM
    Thanks for posting. Ordered the CD and LP.
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    July 10, 2020, 09:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread 703 pics in Fyne Audio
    Glad to see these speakers getting some love. I was the FIRST U.S. dealer! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Calvin's Avatar
    July 10, 2020, 03:37 PM
    Impressive.
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    July 10, 2020, 01:40 PM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 10, 2020, 10:07 AM
    Analog Productions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 9, 2020, 11:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    The Boulder is a winner. It has that engaging, full, meat on the bones, musical sound just like the 2160 amp. Incredible amp. World class. The Esoteric is very very good as well, but 30 watts, so choose your speakers wisely.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 9, 2020, 02:15 PM
    Great to hear this Jim. Mine is fully broken in now and with the Omega XC, has taken my system at home to a whole new level. Just when I thought the Denali 6000s/v2 would be difficult to improve on....!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 8, 2020, 06:28 AM
    I don’t believe so.
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    July 7, 2020, 07:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I’ve had it playing non-stop. I’ve been listening again tonight and currently spinning The Essential Sade. A fantastic reissue and considerably better than the original Sade digital releases. I’m noticing tonight how composed it is with...
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    July 7, 2020, 05:20 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    The K-03XD already had a firmware upgrade FWIW, adding MQA functionality. The process is here: K-03XD | DOWNLOADS | ESOTERIC:Japan high-end audio manufacturer | エソテリック
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    July 7, 2020, 03:03 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I had the K-01x, and older K-05 and a Grandioso K1. I always felt the older esoteric had “bite” and was over sibilant, and very detailed. I was then at one of the shows last year and walked into the Esoteric room. I could tell right away...
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    July 7, 2020, 11:54 AM
    Audio 1 replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    In my opinion the MSB Select II would be an easy choice in this comparison. Sound / performance wise and also in terms of hardware and software obsolescence.
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    July 7, 2020, 11:48 AM
    Calvin replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Sorry, what I was getting at was has the Grandioso been updated with the "new Esoteric" sound, or is it still the "old" sound? If updated how does it compare ...
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    July 7, 2020, 11:01 AM
    Calvin replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I wonder how a complete Grandioso Series (SACD, DAC, Pre-Amp, Amps) would sound compared to the MSB Select II?
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    July 7, 2020, 09:09 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    After warm up, I noticed soundstage wide to be one of the strong points. As good as anything I’ve tried. As the evening went on, soundstage depth, especially during a couple of live recordings, was superb. Definitely great layering as well. I...
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  • Calvin's Avatar
    July 7, 2020, 06:45 AM
    Interesting article Mono and Stereo: MAGICO - WHY WE DO THE THINGS WE DO PART 2
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    July 6, 2020, 11:24 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    I have. Yes.
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    July 6, 2020, 10:22 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    But at $14K this is a “sweet spot” for those wanting a world class spinner. I would have gone for the K-01XD, but worried that cracking that $20K barrier (it’s $22K) would be too much for some. The $14K is more achievable and still delivers...
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    July 6, 2020, 10:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch,...
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    July 6, 2020, 07:13 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric 
    These two beauties arrived today. I brought the K-03XD home to break in and really evaluate. I’m on my second CD and can’t believe how good this K-03XD sounds This isn’t your Father’s Esoteric! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 05:25 PM
    $2500 for 1.5m Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 03:46 PM
    We are excited to announce the release of our new reference-level Omega Ethernet cable. The Omega ethernet cable redefines the term state-of-the-art for performance in its category by combining Shunyata Research’s most innovative digital...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 6, 2020, 08:04 AM
    I should have mine in 2 weeks or so. I’ll have Mike & Rick (my employees) do a blind shootout Vs the K-03XD! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 5, 2020, 07:49 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    It doesn’t draw much power. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 5, 2020, 07:10 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    No, the only NAD I own is the M17 v2. If you can ever score a SIT-3 (and the necessary resistors), you will be stunned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    July 5, 2020, 11:52 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    Man, as A.Wayne would say, you need some toooooooobs with those! My faves with AG: VAC VIVA Luxman MQ300 For solid state: SIT-3
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    July 5, 2020, 11:38 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Class-D amps in Computer/Digital Audio
    Yes, but they are a hybrid of sorts. “In a Class D amp the input is first converted/encoded by a modulator into a pulse train (using pulse width, pulse density, or related modulatory techniques) that represents the amplitude variations of the...
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  • Calvin's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 05:12 PM
    A set of blue meters that would work is Pass Labs INT-60 or INT-250. They work very well with Magico. But you'd still have to get a DAC... INT-60 https://www.passlabs.com/products/int-60/ INT-250 ...
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    July 4, 2020, 12:36 PM
    Swedish jazz vocalist, born July 29, 1974, daughter of Erik Kjellberg, and the great-great-granddaughter of writer Leo Tolstoi.
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  • Calvin's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 10:58 AM
    IMO, the Mac won't bring out all the magic in the Magcios. IMO, Magicos needs a greater tier amp.
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  • Audio 1's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 10:50 AM
    All of the Joseph Audio speakers I have experienced sounded amazing. So I am not surprised that this is the route you chose.I can only imagine how incredible they sound in your room when applying all of your expertise.Enjoy!
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    July 4, 2020, 09:15 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Calvin's Avatar
    July 4, 2020, 09:10 AM
    Happy Independence Day (not meant to be a political statement). Post your favorite July 4th meme. PS: Using hand sanitizer and fireworks may make it more difficult to change records in the future. :derf:
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 08:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread JVC Projectors in Home Theater & Video
    I bought the same model for myself. I’m continually amazed at the picture quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 05:54 PM
    Those are terrific cans! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Calvin's Avatar
    July 3, 2020, 02:55 PM
    Calvin replied to a thread a junior ... in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome to the forum. That sounds like a nice system.
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